… would that be good?
What if we were all like you?
What if we were all like Jesus?
Most people I meet want to have an impact on those around them.
At least, we should desire to have an impact…
and hopefully a positive one.
The trouble is, we often attempt this our own way.
We do what we think is important, and in return seek recognition for the great job we did, or impact we had.
What we need to be doing instead is asking the Holy Spirit to leads into the life of impact that will matter in light of eternity, and that God will receive the glory for it.
Francis Chan, in his book Forgotten God, has some challenging words for us regarding this truth:
How would you be missed if you left [the place God has called you to]? What would change? Basically, what difference does your presence here make? … What would your church (and the world-wide Church) look like if everyone were as committed as you are? If everyone gave and served and prayed exactly like you, would the church be healthy and empowered? Or would it be weak and listless?
Tough words from our fiend Mr. Chan…
Much work to be done in my heart, and then lived out in my life.
Holy Spirit… HELP!
A reporter, after interviewing Annie Mainwaring, who was one of the lady singers that traveled with Evan Roberts, looked down at his notebook only to realize that it was still blank. He was so captivated by the words she spoke regarding the revival and of Roberts, that he failed to write anything down. He then stated, “Well, my notebook is empty, but my heart is full.”
Today, we find the opposite to be true of most Christians—our notebooks are full, but our hearts are empty.
— Peter Yeoman
(Retelling the story passed on to him by the man that was in the room when this happened.)
I ended yesterday’s blog with the statement that we have made gathering at church the focus of our American Christianity, rather than the mission of the gospel being the focus.
In a continuation of that thought, let’s consider the label, or term, “Seeker Friendly.”
(By the way, #Labels suck!)
I’m almost finished with the book Radical Together by David Platt. In the last chapter before the Conclusion, he talks about being “Seeker Friendly.”
This is a trend that has become so popular over the last decade or so, but Platt puts an interesting spin on it. Let’s look at a summary of what he says (sorry there is so much… it was all really good):
“… were my sights really supposed to be set on bringing a large crowd together in a cool environment where they could hear terrific music, see killer graphics, and then listen to me talk live or via video…? If this was to be the vision of my life and ministry, I decided, then I should perish.
“Vision affects everything. That’s what visions do. If the focus of the church is on having a large crowd in a big place where people can feel warm and welcomed, then you and I will plan accordingly. We will prioritize a nice church campus for people to drive to and where they can find a convenient parking space. We’ll give them a latte when they walk in the door, and then we’ll provide state-of-the-art entertainment for their children while treating them to a great show that leaves them feeling good when they drive away in a timely fashion…
“What happens [to our vision of large, comfortable crowds] when our primary aim is not to make the crowds feel comfortable but to exalt God in all his glory? … More than you and I want people to be impressed by the stuff that we can manufacture, we want them to be amazed by the God they cannot fathom… we want to raise up people who are so awed, so captivated, so memorized by the glory of God that they will gladly lose their lattes—and their lives—to make his greatness known to the world…
“… someone might ask… ‘Isn’t it good to cater creatively to people who don’t know God?’ Don’t we want to be sensitive to those who are seeking God?’ … let me remind you of a startling reality that the Bible makes clear: ‘There is… no one that seeks God.’ (Rom 3:11) So if the church is sensitive to seekers, and no one is seeking God, then that means the church is sensitive to no one…
“Instead, Jesus tells us that the Father is pursing worshipers for his praise. He is the one doing the seeking! …
“So let’s be radically seeker sensitive in our churches. But let’s make sure we are being sensitive to the right Seeker.“
- What do we need to do differently to make sure we cater to The Seeker, God?
There has been a stirring in my heart recently. I have been sensing the pursuit of the Holy Spirit as I have gone from day to day. I can’t necessarily explain it… but it is this anxious anticipation that He is doing something in me.
He has been cautioning me, though, at the same time. I know that if I don’t respond to this stirring, that it will go as easily as it came; and nothing will come of it. I don’t want that to be the case!
I found a book at a local used book store. It is the book Meat For Men by Leonard Ravenhill. As God has been leading me to praying more, I find it interesting that I found this book today – definitely not by accident! (And it was only $1.00!) In the forward, written by T. A. Hegre, the lyrics to an old hymn are written, following a passionate recommendation for men that want to be stirred to read the book. I will leave you hanging with those ancient words (and hope you will look forward to future posts regarding this stirring…):
Stir me, oh stir me, Lord, till prayer is pain,
Till prayer is joy, till prayer turns into praise;
Stir me till my heart and will and mind, yea all
Is wholly Thine to use through all the days.
Stir, till I learn to pray exceedingly;
Stir, till I learn to wait expectantly.
Being stirred (and wicked excited about it)!!!